2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War. To commemorate this important year, the NSW Government interviewed WWII veterans about their experiences. Read our 75th Anniversary Stories.
A grove of trees with plaques supporting the Anzac Park War Memorial. Each plaque within the parkland associates a tree species with the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women in various theatres during the Second World War. The memorial was planted in August 1995.
AUSTRALIA REMEMBERS 1945-1995
These groves of trees were planted in August 1995 to pay tribute to all who endured World War II - not only those who made the ultimate sacrifice but also those who kept the home front running. Australians fought around the world with action seen in four major 'theatres'; The Asian Pacific region, The Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe. Enter and reflect; what would Australia be like were it not for the brave efforts of so many?
Turpentine (Syncarpia glomulifera). An Australian native species renowned for the strength and durability of its timber.
Japanese maple (Acer palmatum). The Japanese forces planned to invade the entire Asian Pacific region. Over 17,200 Australians died defending this.
Edible date palm (Phoenix dactylifera). An economically important native of the Middle East region. Over 600 Australians died in battle in this area.
Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). In modern times, this native of Southern Europe is readily associated with death and burial. Over 5,300 Australians died in European battles.
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